Moonis Elahi challenges NAB inquiry in court

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LHC issues notice to NAB on Moonis’s plea

Moonis Elahi and two others were accused of money laundering of Rs24 billion.Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) leader Moonis Elahi on Thursday challenged a NAB inquiry and the investigation into a family-owned company’s assets in Lahore High Court.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Ali Baqer Najafi and Justice Asjad Javed Gharal will hear Moonis Elahi’s plea today (Thursday). Advocate Amjad Pervez will appear before the court on behalf of the petitioner.

As per details, the petitioner has requested the court to declare NAB’s October 20th notice null and void. The court has also been requested to order NAB to halt any kind of illegal action. As per the petition, Chairman NAB, DG NAB and others have been made respondents.

The petitioner said, “NAB initiated an inquiry against Elahi’s family in 2000 due to political grudges.” “Even after 20 years of investigation, NAB could not find any evidence against any member of his family,” he added.

The petitioner adopted that NAB closed the investigation following a challenge before the Lahore High Court. FIA has registered a case against him and others by alleging assets of Hayat Khan Private Limited, as stated by the petitioner.

The petitioner also stated that NAB has already investigated these assets and there is no point to summon Elahi for this case. As per details, NAB has issued call up notice to Company Secretary and launched a re-inquiry against the assets of Elahi family’s company.

Meanwhile, Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday issued notices to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and other respondents in a money laundering case against the former federal minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leader Moonis Elahi.

As per details, a two-member bench of LHC headed by Justice Ali Baqir Najafi heard the case against NAB notice to Moonis Elahi in a money laundering case.

The court issued notices to NAB and other respondents on Elahi’s plea.

The court also barred NAB from harassing the PML-Q stalwart and his family. The LHC has asked the graft-buster body why notices were issued to the company’s secretary, shareholder and petitioner’s family when the inquiry was already over?

The petition stated that NAB had already cleared the 20-year-old money laundering case in the company. Now according to new NAB law, it cannot start an investigation without a court order.

In their response, the deputy prosecutor general of NAB told the court that the matter is not about the company but it’s of the assets beyond income instead. To which the court ordered NAB to submit its response.

 

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